The Satirical Troll’s Top 100 games of all time updated Part 1(100-51)

A few years ago, I made a top 100 list of my favorite games of all time. It was a huge undertaking, and of course things are going to slip through the cracks when you set out to quantify your feelings about a certain type of media. I’m updating my list now with a few more years’ worth of games and games I have gone back to and played or maybe older games I’ve played for the first time recently. Keep in mind, this is still not a definitive or objective “best games of all time” list, this is purely just the 100 games I feel like I enjoy the most. Without further ado, here is my updated top 100 games list.  

100 Wild Arms 3 (Sony Interactive Entertainment, 2002)-  

I have stated multiple times on this site just how underrated I feel the Wild Arms franchise is when it comes to JRPGs, particularly Alter Code F (the remake of the original PS1 game) and especially Wild Arms 3. Many JRPGs take place in high fantasy realms or Steampunk worlds, even cyberpunk and sci-fi have a lot of representation. Very few JRPGs take place in a western setting and that’s a huge reason why I love Wild Arms. It’s such a unique, unexplored idea for RPGs in general and I love the world of this game. Wild Arms 3 has great art design, especially in the characters and the change from standard turn based combat to hexagon based more strategic combat was made very gracefully for the franchise. 3 also has an amazing soundtrack and while the overarching story isn’t particularly new or great, the characters and their arcs and progression throughout the journey are what really sells it. It was a tough choice between Wild Arms 3 and Alter Code F, but I think the characters, art design and soundtrack just put 3 over the edge for me. This game has a PS4 re-release, and I really hope that more people experience it. 

99. Grand Theft Auto IV (Rockstar, 2008)-  

The Grand Theft Auto franchise as a whole has always been immensely popular, but people have never really treated GTA IV with the same reverence as San Andreas or Vice City, maybe even V. Sure, it’s a bit darker in tone than the others, but that’s why I like it. Niko Belic is maybe the best protagonist in all of gaming. His story about the immigrant experience in America and a tortured man running from his past only to end up back in the life of crime is certainly dark, but it doesn’t lose the satirical edge the series is known for. It’s almost like the whole game is a parody of the idea of the American dream and how romanticized it is, with a thinly veiled New York surrogate as the backdrop. My friends and I played this game non-stop in high school when it came out and I have played it for so many hours that I basically know the map like the back of my hand. While younger me loved the sandbox gameplay the series built its name on, older me was engaged by the HBO crime drama-esque story and outstanding dialog, as well as the warm, autumn color palate. The game might be more serious and cynical than other GTA titles, it’s still not above radio stations making fun of Rush Limbaugh and having an internet café called Tw@t.  

98. Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice (From Software, 2019)-

Sekiro is another in a string of amazing action RPGs by From software. Part Dark Souls and part Ninja Gaiden, Sekiro takes the brutal difficulty of the Dark Souls franchise and transports its core ideals into a stealth-action game set in a dark feudal Japanese world. The game took a good while to click with me, but once it did, I was treated to one of the best games of the modern console generation, with some of the best bosses and world design in any of Fromsoft’s games to date. As always, Fromsoft delivered on the lore of the world and the visual design is stellar, especially around the Fountainhead Palace area. It’s a lot different from their other modern efforts, but Sekiro is still an amazing game in its own right.

97. Nier Replicant (Square Enix, 2021)-  

An enhanced port/remaster of the 2010 PS3 cult classic, Nier Replicant is the best version of a great action RPG. Set in a bleak, post-apocalyptic world, Nier Replicant is a solid action game with one of the best stories in all of gaming. While the gameplay is fine, what really sets it apart is the characters and story. Kaine, Weiss, Emil, you start to love all these characters as the game progresses, they almost begin to feel like family. As the story progresses, you get more and more context as to what is really going on. Similar to the Evangelion Rebuild movies, every replay of the end of the story adds a new twist that really fleshes out the characters and overarching narrative. While I love the music and visual design in the game, the story and the continual twists and turns and the themes of the narrative are what really stuck with me.  

96. Metroid Prime 2: Echoes (Retro Studios, 2004)- 

The Metroid Prime series is one that is near and dear to me as a huge fan of Metroidvania style games. While I believe Prime 2 to be the worst out of the trilogy, it’s still an amazingly atmospheric, explorative and inventive game. I love the planet of Aether as a setting, it has a cosmic, very dark alien vibe that carries an almost Lovecraftian undercurrent at times. The unique gimmick here is the light/dark world motif. While not all that original in the sphere of video games, it gives an already wonderful game a unique edge. This is the first time, but certainly not the last that Metroid will appear on this list.  

95. Dead Space (EA Redwood Shores Studio, 2008)-  

Science Fiction and horror go together like peanut butter and jelly, and Dead Space is one of my favorite action horror games of all time. You might say that Dead Space is just RE4 in space, and you’d be right, but that’s hardly an insult. What I love about Dead Space is how Lovecraftian it is, the beacon, an alien artifact is driving the crew of the ship mad and turning them into Necromophs, an iconic horror enemy. The gameplay of Dead Space is razor tight and the idea that you must aim for the arms of these creatures to kill them is a cool twist on the usual horror gameplay. The setting of the abandoned spaceship full of survivors slowly losing their sanity is such a great place for a horror game. Replaying the game earlier this year, I was shocked at how certain elements like how the UI is organically integrated into the environment of the game have held up, and I wish more games would put that level of effort into something like that. I haven’t played the remake yet, but I still think the 2008 original holds up very well.  

94. Castlevania: Order of Ecclesia (Konami, 2008)- 

Castlevania is another series that will appear on this list frequently, and Order of Ecclesia is one of the best in the series. The last game of the DS trilogy, Order of Ecclesia changes the formula by separating the game into smaller, disconnected areas instead of the one big, interconnected map, but this doesn’t take away much from the game. Order of Ecclesia manages to have a great atmosphere despite being severely limited by the hardware it’s on.  The game adds in tons of new mechanics, including a bunch of cool optional side quests that really add to the game. The cherry on top is Shanoa, one of the best protagonists in the series. 

93. Jak III (Naughty Dog, 2004)- 

The conclusion of the Jak and Daxter franchise (Fuck you, Lost Frontier doesn’t exist, and you know it,) is a fun platformer with some of the best writing and clever dialog in the genre. The addition of the Light Eco powers for Jak was great for varying up the gameplay. Usually when a game adds vehicle sections as a part of the core gameplay, it comes off as an absence of new ideas, but Jak III integrates it very well, and the different vehicles with unique attributes and abilities again, vary up the gameplay quite a bit. While this game is a far cry from the lighthearted platformer the first game was, it balances the more mature parts of the story (and the difficulty) much better than Jak II did. The conclusion is great, and the desert wasteland was a cool setting. Jak III is a great platformer and an epic end to a fantastic trilogy of games (again, fuck you if you admit Lost Frontier exists.)  

92. Thief II: The Metal Age (Looking Glass Studios, 2000)-

The game that defined the stealth and even the immersive sim genre in the early days of 3D gaming, Thief II still stands up as a genre great. The sprawling, open ended levels and dynamic enemy ai to this day still has rarely been matched in stealth games. But it’s the characters, story and world that makes Thief 2 as great as it is. Garrett as the main character makes for a great cynical and sarcastic anti-hero who is stuck in the middle of events in a world where natural magic and steam punk technology are constantly at odds and Garrett is trying his best to not get caught up in it all. I could listen to the silly guard dialog while hiding in the shadows all day.

 91. System Shock 2 (Irrational Games, 1999)- 

System Shock 2 is another early PC game that remains a classic to this day. There isn’t a single game I’ve ever played that’s as dense and complex as System Shock 2. I could spend all day reading the flavor text on items and experimenting with the deep RPG mechanics in this game. The horror-like atmosphere and interesting story twists make this one of the most immersive and incredible sci-fi RPGs ever created. What I love is that it’s a true RPG, it feels like you really are improving your skills over the course of the game. I look forward to finishing it one day without pulling my hair out from the awful balance.  

90. Ico (Team Ico, 2001)- 

A one-of-a-kind, atmospheric puzzle-adventure game, Ico is equal parts beautiful, unique and clever. One would expect a game that is almost entirely an escort quest would be tedious and unfun, but Ico manages to pull it off well, even working the gameplay into the story. Visually stunning, the HD version of the game only does more to highlight how good the art direction and visual design in Ico is. Team Ico have made some of my favorite games of all-time, and the game they draw their name from is no exception. 

89. Fatal Frame II: Crimson Butterfly (Tecmo, 2003)-  

The best game in one of my favorite (honestly sadly overlooked) horror franchises, Fatal Frame (or Project Zero for our Imperial measurement system impaired friends) II is one of the most atmospheric and genuinely creepy horror games ever made. There’s something about Japanese occult horror that really gets to me in a way a Resident Evil or even a Silent Hill never could. The story revolves around an abandoned city in the middle of a dense forest that has been the site of an ancient cult ritual. I won’t spoil the story but it’s very dark and creepy. What I love about this game is the core mechanics. You aren’t a badass with a gun, you’re a small child with a magical camera that can fend off ghosts. It’s such a unique idea for a battle system in a horror game and it really gives you the sense that you are an underpowered child. I’m glad that this game has been getting more attention since 4 and 5 were ported to all platforms and I hope that more games in this great franchise can be re-released because they deserve to be played. 

88. Metroid Fusion (Nintendo, 2002)- 

After not getting a new game during the N64 era, Metroid fans were treated to two of the best games in the series released for the GBA and Gamecube respectively on the same day. I didn’t play Metroid Fusion until just a few years ago, but it still holds up as one of the best games in the franchise. It’s amazing how much atmosphere they packed into a game released for a system with the same on-screen pixel capacity as the Super Nintendo. This game has the best narrative in the franchise, and the SA-X encounters are genuinely something out of a horror game. 

87. Phantasy Star IV (Sega, 1995)-  

The Sega Genesis isn’t the first system that comes to mind when you think about classic JRPGs, but Phantasy Star IV: The End of the Millennium is one of the best JRPGs ever made. There aren’t a ton of sci-fi RPGs in the classic turn-based style, and Phantasy Star IV has an incredible world. The story and the characters are engaging, and the gameplay is equally great, with tons of varied enemies and abilities to find and use. I also love how the cutscenes are presented. Phantasy Star IV is one of the most underrated games in Sega’s catalog. 

86. Okami (Capcom, 2006)- 

Okami is one of the few Zelda clone type games that stands up alongside the greats of the Zelda franchise. It’s a beautiful, fun and clever puzzle-action game. You play as the Japanese wolf god of the sun Amaterasu, and you are tasked with changing the over world with an item called the celestial brush. It is an interesting gimmick and really separates it from the Zelda games that it obviously takes its inspiration from. The clever dialog and banter between the characters, soundtrack, and the distinctive visual style take a game that could be just another Zelda clone and make it something unique.  

85. Batman: Arkham Asylum (Rocksteady, 2009)-

No Batman game before this had truly captured the essence of becoming the caped crusader quite like Arkham Asylum. The tight, Metroidvania design of the asylum makes exploring the world engaging alongside the finesse, rhythm-based counter combat that is now a staple of the action game genre. The best of Batman’s rogue’s gallery shows up in this game, with the Scarecrow sections in particular being especially great. Despite Arkham City also being an amazing game, it doesn’t quite reach the heights of Rocksteady’s first effort for me.

84. Nier Automata (Square-Enix/Platinum, 2017)- 

Nier Automata is a slick combination of Autor game developer and writer Yoko Taro’s storytelling and Platinum’s high octane character action. One of the most diverse and interesting games on the market, Nier Automata also has a fantastic story with some truly gut punching plot twists along with some memorable characters. The game is truly an odd duck in the sense that the gameplay changes a lot based on what section you’re playing. It’s part action game, part bullet hell shooter, part RPG. The incredible score is what really drives this game home as one of my all-time favorites. 

83. Super Paper Mario (Intelligent Systems, 2007)- 

The Paper Mario franchise has always been touted as a mixture of platformer and RPG, but Super Paper Mario really goes all in on the concept and is literally a platformer with RPG elements. Super Paper Mario has some of the cleverest writing and story in a franchise full of clever writing. In this game, you get to team up with and even play as Peach, Bowser and other classic Mario characters. The main villain, Dimentio is one of the best villains in the history of Mario games, Paper or otherwise. Super Paper Mario is without a doubt one of the best games on the Wii and the most underrated game in the franchise. 

82. No More Heroes 2: A Desperate Struggle (Grasshopper Manufacturing, 2010)- 

No More Heroes 2 is an action game by Autor developer Suda 51.  You play as Travis Touchdown, gaming’s greatest anime obsessed anti-hero and an assassin that is trying to work his way back up to the top of the Assassin rankings by killing everyone from dudes who are parodies of Final Fantasy VII’s Cloud Strife to a football player whose pads turn into a giant mech. To say it’s ridiculous is an understatement but that’s why I love it. It embraces a sense of wackiness and old school devil-may-care attitude that just isn’t seen in a lot of games these days.  The satisfying combat and clever writing make this game stand out in a world full of character driven action games. 

81. Yakuza Zero (Ryu Go Gotoku Studio/Sega, 2017)- 

Yakuza has become one of my favorite series in recent times, and Yakuza Zero is the best out of the ones I’ve played. The base gameplay is a fun beat em’ up, but to ignore the amazing amount of stupid and ridiculously fun side content and mini games is to miss the core of what makes Yakuza games Yakuza games. While the story is good, it never takes itself so seriously that they can’t have you fight a shirtless dude built like a dump truck on top of a building. Kiryu and Majima are now such iconic protagonists, and the series has really exploded in popularity over the last 5 years, and this is probably the best place to start. Also, Friday Night is an absolute banger. 

80. Silent Hill 4: The Room (Team Silent, 2004)- 

The cult classic (literally and figuratively speaking) of the Silent Hill franchise, Silent Hill 4 is the most unique game in the series. The game employs the masterful horror design of returning you to Henry’s apartment after every level which provides a respite and sense of safety until later in the game when it becomes haunted and is no longer a safe haven. The story about an occult ghost murderer is easily the best in the series after 2, and the soundtrack is amazing to boot. The themes of social anxiety and voyeurism are very interesting and the way they are portrayed in the story through symbolism is outstanding. It’s unfortunate that the gameplay in the second half of this game is a massive slog, because otherwise it could have been a classic up there with 2 and 3. 

79. Shin Megami Tensei: Digital Devil Saga (Atlus, 2004)-

The Shin Megami Tensei games have been popular for a good while, between the now beloved Persona franchise and the various other main series games and spin-offs, SMT has become a household name for fans of JRPGs. However, Digital Devil Saga, released on the PS2 is still arguably the most underappreciated game in the entire franchise. The game takes place in a grim post-apocalyptic world and the story reflects that setting. The narrative is very dark and mature, and the splendid heavy metal and grunge soundtrack adds to the atmosphere. Digital Devil Saga is sure to delight fans of dungeon crawlers, and even though it ends on a cliffhanger, you can jump right into the equally excellent sequel to continue the story. 

78.  Pikmin 2 (Nintendo, 2004)-

Nintendo have always been masters of taking established concepts and putting their own unique and colorful spin on them. Pikmin is Nintendo’s take on the classic RTS genre. Pikmin 2 is about commanding an army of alien creatures to rebuild your spaceship. The three major changes from the original game are the removal of the in-game timer, the addition of a second playable character and randomly generated caves that act as the game’s dungeons. The game’s sound design and soundtrack are tranquil, yet mysterious and it fits the themes of the game perfectly. Pikmin 2 is a great Real Time Strategy/adventure game hybrid that improves on the original in nearly every way. 

77. Quake (Id Software, 1996)-  

 Fresh off the revolutionary titles of Doom and Doom II, John Romero and John Carmack collaborated again on 1996’s Quake. Quake takes the basic principles that defined the early FPS genre created by Doom and took it to a more Lovecraftian style world. With tons of varied weapons, quick paced combat, a plethora of open-ended levels to explore and a soundtrack by Nine Inch Nails, Quake is easily one of the best shooters ever made. I’m not sure why we need a nail gun and a super nail gun though. 

76.  Hitman: Blood Money (IO Interactive, 2006)- 

The Hitman series is rightly beloved for its fine-tuned stealth action gameplay. Hitman: Blood Money is easily the best game in the franchise. The open ended, organic levels make for some of the best emergent gameplay in the history of gaming. You can truly choose how exactly to take down your targets. Do you bust down the door, draw your weapon and just shoot them in broad daylight before making your daring escape, or do you instead sneak in without a trace, assassinate your victim making it seem like a freak accident, and leave without so much as being caught on camera? The game is almost infinitely replayable, as I’ve spent hours and hours retrying levels in this game just testing out new and insane ways to achieve the end goals. 

75. Metroid Prime 3: Corruption (Retro Studios, 2007)- 

The final game in the original Metroid Prime trilogy, Corruption was one of the initial big First Party titles Nintendo released on the Wii. The Wii’s motion controls seem perfectly fit for a first-person shooting adventure, and while Prime 3 is a bit more linear and story driven than the other 2 games in the trilogy, it does little to change how immersive, atmospheric and well-crafted a Metroidvania game this is. This is the Metroid game with the most varied environmental design as it takes place across multiple planets instead of just one or two. The stellar sound and visual design make Metroid Prime 3 one of the best adventure games to grace the scene. 

74. Doom (ID Software, 2016)-  

Doom is a balls to the wall, fast paced, open leveled shooter in the mold of yesteryear. For too long shooters had been linear military wankfests that played like the player was on a conveyer belt to the next bit of chest high wall. Doom kicked in the door, handed them a rocket launcher and said, “Get the fuck in there and strap your dick back on.” The game is nothing but raw, unfiltered ass kicking from the word go, and it has distilled the classic shooter down to just its best parts. Mick Gordon’s visceral and brutal heavy metal soundtrack really adds to the game’s atmosphere and is the finishing touch on an already stellar game. I’m really happy that this title kickstarted the “Boomer Shooter” revival.  

73. Devil May Cry 3: Donte’s Awakening (Capcom, 2005)-  

The Devil May Cry series has been a staple of the action game genre since its inception, and Devil May Cry 3 is my favorite of the 5 games. I’m not even a huge fan of this type of game, probably because I’m trash at them, but I must admit, the atmosphere and level design, in addition to the great combat makes this game one of my favorites in the genre. DMC 3 also has a lot of varied weapons that you can use. This game has some great boss fights, especially the one against Virgil being particularly iconic. One of the best action games ever made, Devil May Cry 3 packs in a lot of great story sequences along with the flashy and deep combat system. 

72. Pokemon Ruby/Emerald/Sapphire (Gamefreak, 2002-2004)-

The Pokémon series is something that has always been a huge part of my gaming history, and I still from time to time play the new games when they come out. It was a hard choice which game to put on this list. The originals probably have the most nostalgic value to me, while Silver and Gold are objectively probably the best (Especially the remakes) but Ruby, Sapphire and Emerald are the ones I’ve put the most time into. The Hoenn region is one of my favorites and this game introduced a lot of series conventions that would be added to every iteration from there on out. Groudon, Kyogre and Rayquaza along with Jirachi and Deoxys are in my opinion, the best batch of legendary Pokémon in the entire series. Sapphire was also the first game I ever got a complete national pokedex in.   

71. Metal Gear Solid: The Twin Snakes (Silicon Knights, 2004)- 

This might be a slightly controversial pick since there’s an ongoing debate amongst the MGS fandom whether or not Twin Snakes is actually the superior version of Hideo Kojima’s groundbreaking stealth action game. For me, I don’t really see how there’s a debate, this version is superior in nearly every way to the original except maybe the sound design. The gameplay, cinematics and graphics are all vastly superior, and while the dialog is a bit more over the top, I think it works for the game’s tone though. I’ve always thought of Twin Snakes as the bombastic American remake of a classic Japanese movie, and that totally fits with the vibe of MGS as a whole. As for the game itself, I don’t have much to say. If you don’t know why the original Metal Gear Solid is one of the best games of all-time, then you haven’t really been paying attention to gaming history. 

70. Perfect Dark (Rareware, 2000)- 

In the 90’s and early 2000’s, Rareware was hands down one of the most versatile and acclaimed developers in the business. Perfect Dark is a first-person shooter released in the dying days of the Nintendo 64 centered around a secret world of aliens, government conspiracy and espionage. Joanna Dark is one of the best female protagonists in gaming and a fantastic character in her own right with her dry British wit. Many games from this era don’t hold up, but if you play the re-releases of this game, then it really remains a great experience once the technical issues are cleared up. Real G’s know the best way to play this game is 60 FPS emulated on PC with mouse and keyboard, but don’t tell anybody I told you that exists. 

69. Mass Effect (Bioware, 2007)- 

The start of what would be one of gaming’s premier trilogies, the first Mass Effect is a fantastic introduction to the Star Wars-esque world of the franchise. Very few games are as engrossing on a story and character level as Mass Effect, and the world it has created is one of the best in all of gaming. What I love about this game compared to the others in the franchise is the small scale of the story. While the conflict with the reapers escalates in the other games, this one is very small and personal as you grow to love the crew of the Normandy. Saren Arterius is a fantastic villain, and some of the atmosphere on the planets is great. The new enhanced version on the Legendary Edition remaster has made me fall in love with this game, and series all over again.  

68. Ratchet and Clank: Goin’ Commando (Insomniac, 2003)-  

There is no shortage of amazing 3D platformers out there, and the Ratchet and Clank series has always been one of those closest to my heart. The game separates itself from its numerous contemporaries by having a huge arsenal of unique and creative guns to buy and upgrade. The planet hopping saga is well written, with very light-hearted and fun characters and clever dialog. Picking up this game again is always a trip down memory lane for me as this is one of those titles I played religiously as a kid. The clever corporate satire is something I picked up much more on as an adult. In the golden age of 3D platformers, the second Ratchet and Clank game manages to stand out from the pack.  

67. Super Mario Galaxy 2 (Nintendo, 2010)-

Super Mario Galaxy is one of the best 3D platformers ever made, and while Super Mario Galaxy 2 is not as original as the first one, it still is masterful in its own right. The game started out as an expansion pack to the first title, but it makes sense why it was ultimately made into a full-fledged sequel, because there is no absence of fresh ideas here. It makes up for not being as unique in concept as its predecessor by showing absolutely no restraint with its level design. And adding Yoshi, obviously. The triumphant orchestral score and atmosphere of each level is extraordinary. It’s not as good as the first game, but Super Mario Galaxy 2 is still a masterclass in game design. 

66. F-Zero GX (Nintendo/Sega, 2003)- 

F-Zero GX is a gravity-defying, fast paced and downright challenging racing experience, and is hands down my favorite arcade racer ever created. Every track is fucking perfection, and just when you think the game can’t hit you with another interesting design twist or gravity bending change in verticality, it pulls another trick out of its hat. GX doesn’t withhold any punches either, if you fail to quickly pick up on each track’s unique gimmicks and identify how to best maneuver them, you will get left in the dust. The integration with the arcade cabinets was also very innovative. It would be hard for 90’s kids to believe, but old rivals Nintendo and Sega teaming up resulted in one of the best racing games ever made. 

65. Psychonauts (Double Fine, 2005)-

The 6th generation was without a doubt the golden age of the 3D platformer, and Psychonauts is a perfect example of why this era of gaming is so beloved by people my age. Psychonauts doesn’t do a whole lot mechanically to separate itself from the ever-growing pack of competitors, but it makes up for that by having a ton of creativity and heart. The levels are all psychedelic physical manifestations of different character’s subconsciousness, which leads to some great and creative level design. What really makes Psychonauts stand out though is the amazing script, clever dialog and wonderful characters. Psychonauts makes me feel nostalgic for it, despite the fact I didn’t play it until much later on in life. 

64. 13 Sentinels: Aegis Rim (Vanillaware, 2019)-

I literally played this game less than a month ago and I already think of it this highly. That’s how much of an impression this game left on me. While the gameplay is a serviceable strategy RPG, the story and how it weaves the paths of these 13 characters together is perfectly done. The fact that you can do it in any order you want, and the story still makes perfect sense is a testament to how well-crafted it is. The characters are all good too, which is a feat in and of itself. Of course, it’s a Vanillaware game so it’s absolutely gorgeous visually and the soundtrack being composed by the person behind the Dark Cloud games added an extra nostalgic element to it for me personally. This game is more visual novel than SRPG, but I still appreciated it for what it was, an amazing homage to the 80’s alien invasion movie genre.  

63. Fallout: New Vegas (Obsidian/Bethesda Softworks, 2010)- 

Bethesda took the classic RPG series Fallout into the 3rd dimension with Fallout 3 and it was good. But, stripping down a lot of the deep RPG elements and silliness of the older games really left a bitter taste in some old school fan’s mouths. Obsidian, in their usual fashion swooped in and said “Don’t worry, we’ll make another game in that series you love with all the depth put back in.” and thus New Vegas was born. New Vegas feels like a classic Fallout game in 3D. The wackiness is back, the deep character dialog and RPG elements are retained, and the Nevada wasteland is a hostile and lonely place as you would expect it to be, contrasting around the extravagance of the titular city of New Vegas. The fact that the game lets me effectively play as a badass wild west gunslinger just shows how deep the role-playing systems are. With community made mods making this title even better, Fallout New Vegas firmly sits in my top games of all-time. In fact, just talking about it makes me want to boot it up again. 

62. Grand Theft Auto: Vice City (Rockstar, 2002)- 

Long before open world sandboxes became yet another thing for spoiled AAA developers to throw at us with impunity, Rockstar was revolutionizing how we interacted with in-game worlds. Vice City’s almost satirical take on the 80’s gangster movie and the decade’s culture of excess is a period piece story that they’ve failed to replicate with future iterations. I love the color scheme, music and world of this game. 80’s Miami is such a fun and vibrant setting for a game about crime, it’s a perfect fit for the franchise. While the world seems very quaint by today’s standards, it has a lot of details in it that make it special. Vice City for me also has the best story, music and cast of characters in the franchise. 

61.Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic (Bioware, 2003)- 

There have been some great Star Wars games over the years, but KOTOR towers over all of them as the high point of the series in this medium. Set in the days long before the events of the movies, this game has added so much to Star Wars cannon that it’s become a fan favorite chapter of Star Wars history. This was Bioware at their peak, outstanding RPG systems, characters and depth of writing, every choice matters and will affect the outcome of the story. You can choose to become a Jedi or a Sith, and this choice dramatically changes the narrative of the game and has encouraged me to replay multiple times over the years. It’s fair to say that I would not enjoy Star Wars even half as much as I do if not for Knights of the Old Republic. 

60. Skies of Arcadia Legends (Sega, 2002)-  

The original Skies of Arcadia was critically panned upon release for a multitude of reasons; including a frustratingly high random encounter rate, extremely long load times and an unpolished battle system. The 2002 re-release on Gamecube however fixed nearly all of the game’s issues and allowed the title to become a cult hit. At this point though, Skies of Arcadia has transcended cult status and is now considered one of the best RPGs Sega has ever made. The setting, gameplay and characters are superb, and the added bounty system and side quests make an already good game even better. The setting is really what separates it from contemporaries. Airships are not something new to JRPGs, but having a game entirely focused around being an airship pirate is a fresh take on a frankly tired genre trope. 

59. Disco Elysium (Za/Um, 2019)-  

One of the most deep, complex and fiercely well written video games of all time, Disco Elysium is one of the greatest RPGs ever. Like Planescape Torment meets Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, Disco Elysium is a very unique experience in terms of RPGs. You aren’t increasing strength or magic. Instead, you are rebuilding the psyche of a cop that burnt himself out and drank so much that he literally forgot who he was. You are putting stat points into aspects of his personality like conceptualization and my personal favorite, Inland Empire. While the story is dense with political intrigue and smart philosophical debates, it’s also weird and funny in equal measure. I love the characters, especially your partner, Kim. Klassje is one of my favorite female characters in all of gaming, and the way the game deals with the investigation of a potential rape is handled extremely tactfully. Disco Elysium is such a fresh take on a genre that has become quite formulaic over the years. 

58. Half Life 2 (Valve, 2004)-

Half Life 2 is a very special game in more than a few ways. Not only is it groundbreaking in the way that physics were used in games, but it’s also a landmark title in the history of storytelling in the gaming medium. Sure, Half Life 2 is a lot slower than its predecessor, as it takes the time to really make use of the gravity gun and other physics-based set pieces, but it’s hard to imagine where gaming would be without it. Facial animations are something we take for granted now that people won’t even buy games if you can’t see every individual droplet of boob sweat rendered on Lara Croft’s tits, but this game was truly revolutionary for its time. From the point of Ravenholm onwards, Half Life 2 is a stellar shooter, and one of the most innovative games of all-time that still holds up to this day.

57. A Link to the Past (Nintendo, 1991)-

Our first and nowhere near our last Zelda entry on this list, A Link to the Past was a landmark in action-adventure games at the time of release, and 30 years later, it still holds up as being a high-water mark of the genre. It’s crazy just how ambitious and deep the world of this game is, with hundreds of secrets to find and tons of well-designed dungeons. Stuff like the classic overworld theme and even some of the game’s hidden secrets have still stuck with me years and years after first playing it. Unfortunately, I don’t really have the same nostalgic connection to this game as I do other Zelda titles, so for me it’s not at the top of the list, but it’s still an all-time great game, and it really stands the test of time as being a fantastic adventure in its own right. 

56. Resident Evil 2 REmake (Capcom, 2019)-

Remaking any game is difficult, because fans are fickle, and you can never make everyone happy. Remaking a game that is considered a genre-defining masterpiece is even more of a challenge, but Capcom absolutely stuck the landing with this title. It manages to modernize the gameplay into a more accessible over the shoulder action-based style without sacrificing the game’s survival horror roots. It’s a faithful remake, but it changes just enough to feel fresh, and all the additions are welcome. The gory, visceral combat and fantastic atmosphere make REmake 2 one of my favorite survival horror games ever, enjoying myself so much with the title that I took the time to S rank every campaign and even some of the additional challenge runs. 

55. The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening (Nintendo, 1993)- 

Imagine that you’re a kid in 1993, playing A Link to the Past on your SNES. Now imagine how blown your radical, hardcore 90’s mind is being able to play a game similar in quality to that on a handheld console. Link’s Awakening doesn’t do a whole lot to differentiate itself from other entries in the franchise, but the surreal, dreamlike nature of the story is very unique in the Zelda cannon. What I love about this game is the fact that it has very little to do with the rest of the series. There is no Zelda or Gannon, no Triforce or Hyrule. It’s one of the only games in the series that separates itself entirely from the usual tropes and plot points of the franchise. If you have a Switch, pick up the Remake of this game, you won’t be disappointed. 

54. Uncharted 2: Among Thieves (Naughty Dog, 2009)- 

It’s hard to expect anything but greatness from Naughty Dog, and Uncharted 2 is easily one of their best efforts. A globetrotting, Indiana Jones type affair, Uncharted 2 puts you in the shoes of cocky, sarcastic treasure hunter Nathan Drake on a quest in Tibet to find the lost city of Shangri-La. With some of the best voice acting, presentation and writing ever in a game, the cast of characters all have excellent chemistry. Uncharted 2 starts you off climbing a crashed train that’s hanging over the edge of a mountain, and that’s just the opening scene.  The game doesn’t do anything new, but it’s perfectly paced combination of shooting, set pieces, platforming and puzzles make it a must play. I can’t really recommend the PS3 version sadly, but the PS4 remaster fixes the issues with the combat and really revamps the core gameplay into something special. Crank the difficulty up and experience one of the best single player shooters of all-time. 

53. Witcher 3: Wild Hunt (CD Projekt Red, 2015)-

Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is a truly a breathtaking game in every sense of the word. The soul crushing amount of effort on display here makes so many AAA games look lazy and poorly made by comparison, including the other games in the Witcher’s own series. Every single side quest and character has an engaging story, and every choice has an impact on the game’s world. No, the combat and moment to moment gameplay isn’t amazing, but RPGs are about more than just their gameplay, they’re about story and getting you immersed in a fantasy world, and I can’t think of any game that does that anywhere near as well as Witcher 3 does. 

52. Super Mario World (Nintendo, 1990)- 

So many times, Mario has just upped the ante when it comes to what we can expect out of platformers and Super Mario World upon its release for the SNES was no different. Super Mario World has no bad levels, no down periods or slow bits. It’s nothing but constant moment to moment platforming perfection. There are hundreds of secrets to find and even when you think you’ve seen everything the game has to offer, it just keeps producing something new. The colorful graphics, iconic music and exciting enemies and powerups are absolutely ingrained into my memory even though I never even grew up playing it. Super Mario World is the type of game that anybody of any age or generation can pick up and immediately have fun with because it’s just that timeless. 

51.  Silent Hill 3 (Team Silent, 2003)-

It’s no secret that I am a massive fan of the Silent Hill franchise, and Silent Hill 3 is no exception. Silent Hill 3’s deeply symbolic story about changing from a child to an adult is something that I think a lot of people, especially female players can relate to. But it’s not just the story, unrelentingly creepy atmosphere and improved gameplay that make Silent Hill 3 great. Akira Yamaoka’s incredible soundtrack is an absolute perfect score to this game, incorporating not only the guttural, hellish soundscapes, but also amazing melodic tracks as well. He even managed to work in some rebellious, punk anthems that fit Heather’s character flawlessly without clashing with the tone and atmosphere of the game. You know a horror game is truly special when certain moments still send chills up your spine even though you expect them.